The College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawaii at Manoa announces the selection of former U.S. congressional member Colleen Hanabusa as Lecturer and Daniel K. Inouye Visiting Scholar.
The joint appointment is shared between the Public Policy Center and the Political Science Department. In this capacity, she will teach a course on the topic of civil liberties in times of crisis during the spring 2016 semester.
Funded by the Daniel K. Inouye Institute (DKII), Hanabusa’s position reflects DKII’s and the college’s efforts to foster a climate of critical thinking among students regarding the values of freedom, fairness, integrity and democratic ideals in today’s contemporary society.
Hanabusa is a practicing attorney with more than 30 years of experience in labor law. She is also on the board of directors for the Hawaii Gas Company and the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation.
In 1998, she was elected to represent the 21st District in the Hawaii State Senate, where she served as president from 2007 to 2010. She was the first woman President of the Hawaii State Senate and the first woman to lead either Chamber in the Hawaii State Legislature.
In 2010, she was elected to represent Hawaii’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, and was subsequently reelected in 2012. There she served as Assistant House Whip and a ranking member of the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs.
Born in Honolulu and raised in Waianae, Hanabusa holds a BA and MA from the UH Manoa and a juris doctorate from the UH William S. Richardson School of Law.